La Roche-Posay

Toleraine Ultra Intense Soothing Care

1.35 fl. oz. for $ 36.99
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This moisturizer is designed for very sensitive skin, which explains the short ingredient list. (Generally speaking, the fewer ingredients in a product, the less likely sensitive skin is to have a reaction.) This is a thick, emollient, fragrance-free formula best for dry to very dry sensitive skin, but it's notably free of beneficial ingredients to help skin look and act younger.

We can't fault La Roche-Posay for wanting to offer a rich moisturizer for very sensitive skin, but we do wonder why they didn't include some skin-repairing ingredients like ceramides or cholesterol, which are non-irritating and healing for skin, or why they didn't add soothing agents or some gentle antioxidants, although they did add shea butter for an antioxidant kick, so the formula isn't completely void of them. This specialty moisturizer deserves consideration if your skin does not tolerate others from our Best Moisturizers list, but, based on its formula and price, it doesn't deserve our best rating.


  • Fragrance-free.
  • Gentle, emollient formula for dry but highly sensitive skin.


  • Lacks an array of ingredients that can provide benefit to all skin types, including sensitive skin.
  • On the pricey side, considering the bare bones formula.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra provides daily relief and hydration to skin that is prone to allergens or intolerant. With continued use, you will begin to notice an improvement in skin sensitivity, redness and overall skin discomfort.

Water, Isocetyl Stearate, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Sodium Hydroxide, Acetyl Dipetide-1 Cetyl Ester, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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